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July 12, 2020

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A New Look at Deep-Sea Microbes

Microbes found deeper in the ocean are believed to have slow population turnover rates and low amounts of available energy. But a new examination of microbial communities found deeper in seafloor ...

Spider Silk Made by Photosynthetic Bacteria

A research team in Japan reported that they succeeded in producing the spider silk -- ultra-lightweight, though, biodegradable and biocompatible material -- using photosynthetic bacteria. This study ...

Native Bees Also Facing Novel Pandemic

There is growing evidence that another 'pandemic' has been infecting bees around the world for the past two decades, and is spreading: a fungal pathogen known as ...

Strain of E. Coli May Offer Protections Against Its More Malevolent Cousins

Researchers say E. coli Nissle may protect human cells against other more pathogenic strains of E. coli such as E. coli 0157:H7, which is commonly associated with contaminated hamburger ...
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Researchers Create Air Filter That Can Kill the Coronavirus

Researchers have designed a 'catch and kill' air filter that can trap the virus responsible for COVID-19, killing it ...

Flu in Early Life Determines Our Susceptibility to Future Infections

Early infections of influenza A can help predict how the virus will affect people across different ages in the future and could impact the effectiveness of flu vaccines, says a new ...

Repurposing Public Health Systems to Decode COVID-19

New research describes how national surveillance systems can be linked with the UK Biobank. This pooled data could then be used to understand how genetics and other epidemiological factors impact ...

Newly Discovered Pathogen in NY Apples Causes Bitter Rot Disease

In a study of New York state apple orchards, plant pathologists have identified a new fungal pathogen that causes bitter rot disease in ...

Biological Factories: How Do Bacteria Build Up Natural Products?

The active agents of many drugs are natural products, so called because often only microorganisms are able to produce the complex structures. Similar to the production line in a factory, large enzyme ...

Researchers Develop Software to Find Drug-Resistant Bacteria

The program could make it easier to identify the deadly antimicrobial resistant bacteria that exist in the environment. Such superbugs annually cause more than 2.8 million difficult-to-treat ...

Harmful Microbes Found on Sewer Pipe Walls

Can antibiotic-resistant bacteria escape from sewers into waterways and cause a disease outbreak? A new study examined the microbe-laden ''biofilms'' that cling to sewer walls, ...

New Technique in Which Drugs Make Bacteria Glow Could Help Fight Antibiotic Resistance

A new technique could help reduce antibiotic prescribing by predicting which drugs could be effective in fighting bacteria within ...

Scientists Reveal Why Tummy Bugs Are So Good at Swimming Through Your Gut

Researchers have solved the mystery of why a species of bacteria that causes food poisoning can swim faster in stickier liquids, such as within ...

Anaplasmosis Bacterium Tinkers With Tick's Gene Expression to Spread to New Hosts

For the first time, scientists have shown that the bacterium that causes the tick-borne disease anaplasmosis interferes with tick gene expression for its survival inside cells and to spread to a new ...

New Sequencing Technology Will Help Scientists Decipher Disease Mechanisms

New technologies capable of sequencing single molecules in fine detail will help scientists better understand the mechanisms of rare nucleotides thought to play an important role in the progression ...

Marine Algae from the Kiel Fjord Discovered as a Remedy Against Infections and Skin Cancer

Using state-of-the-art approaches coupled with bio- and cheminformatics and machine learning, researchers have succeeded in discovering new, bioactive components of the Baltic Sea Baltic Sea seaweed ...

Algae as Living Biocatalysts for a Green Industry

Many substances that we use every day only work in the right 3D structure. Natural enzymes could produce these in an environmentally friendly way - if they didn't need a co-substrate that is ...

Smart Structures: Structural Cells of the Body Control Immune Function

Researchers analyzed the epigenetic and transcriptional regulation in structural cells. They found widespread activity of immune genes, suggesting that structural cells are deeply involved in the ...

Sneaky Salmonella Finds a Backdoor Into Plants

Researchers have discovered that bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria have a backdoor to take advantage of humans' reliance on leafy greens for a healthy diet. They found that wild ...

Raw Milk May Do More Harm Than Good

Raw or unpasteurized cows' milk from U.S. retail stores can hold a huge amount of antimicrobial-resistant genes if left at room temperature, according to a new ...

Microbiome Confers Resistance to Cholera

Many parts of the world are in the midst of a deadly pandemic of cholera, an extreme form of watery diarrhea. Scientists have discovered specific gut bacteria make some people resistant to it -- a ...

Genomic Variation Causing Common Autoinflammatory Disease May Increase Resilience to Bubonic Plague

Researchers have discovered that Mediterranean populations may be more susceptible to an autoinflammatory disease called familial Mediterranean fever because of evolutionary pressure to survive the ...

Global Warming Will Cause Ecosystems to Produce More Methane Than First Predicted

New research suggests that as the Earth warms natural ecosystems such as freshwaters will release more methane than expected from predictions based on temperature increases ...

Clostridium Difficile: Fecal Microbial Transplantation More Effective and Less Costly Than Antibiotics

An innovative treatment for patients with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) which uses transplanted gut bacteria to treat the infection, is a more effective and more cost-efficient treatment than ...

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